The Illustrative Work of Terese Nielsen for Wizards of the Coast’s Magic the Gathering
Terese Nielsen, born in Aurora, Nebraska, 1966, is a California-based freelance fantasy artist.
Nielsen has gained a fan following mainly because of her illustrations for the trading card game Magic: The Gathering. Nielsen has produced art for both Magic and Wizards of the Coast’s other products since 1996, in addition to her work as an illustrator of book covers & interiors and movie posters. She has served as a juror for the Spectrum Awards.
Nielsen grew up in Nebraska and graduated from the Art Center College of Design in April 1991. Her brother is another long-time Magic: The Gathering artist, Ron Spencer. Terese Nielsen is the ex-wife of Cliff Nielsen, with whom she illustrated the Marvel comic book Ruins.
As a blue player, having all the answers in hand -
but not knowing the best way to play them out with a limited mana pool.
The Simic Combine is Ravnica’s steward of nature and the wild; its mission is to preserve the natural world even as Ravnica’s cities continue to grow. The guild seeks to protect the elements of the plane that are incompatible or mutually exclusive with its overpopulated, urban conditions. This is not easy, of course, because the forces of civilization are so prevalent on Ravnica that they threaten to subsume anything that runs counter to them. But the Simic practice a strange combination of detachment and holism that provide a kind of separation from the larger urban systems—a separation on which their conservation mission depends.
The Orzhov guild was founded on the belief that wealth is power, that structure breeds wealth, and that guilt creates structure. The guild is run like a combination religion, credit-lending agency, and crime syndicate, with an ostentatious hierarchy of priests, enforcers, and ghostly councilors ruling over a congregation of guiltbound servants, indebted ghosts, and thrulls. Many Orzhov guild members truly believe that their rule is necessary for making Ravnica the best it can be, and they are unscrupulous in their methods of making sure they seize power. Most Ravnicans see the Orzhov for the corrupt organization they are, but many are lured in by their promises of wealth, prestige, and longevity.
New Year's Resolution
- Me: I need to save money.
- Gatecrash: lol, no.
- Dragon's Maze: We'll see how that turns out.